HOLES UNIT PLAN: Holes by Louis Sachar is a novel that your students will absolutely love! This unit plan has everything you will need to teach Louis Sachar’s best-selling novel. With over 240 pages/slides of eye-catching Powerpoint presentations, printable assignments, questions, vocabulary, video journals and fun class activities and assignments, you will have everything you need!
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Below is a detailed list of what is included in your Holes Unit Plan (Click titles for more information).
HOLES: INTRODUCTORY PRESENTATION
→ Use this interactive Powerpoint presentation (15 slides) to introduce Holes to your students. The presentation includes fun pre-reading discussion, an author biography, a fun review quiz, and background information on the novel.
HOLES: CHARACTERS GRAPHIC ORGANIZER
→ Use this graphic organizer as a way for your students to record information they learn about characters from Holes as they are reading the novel. A detailed answer key is provided for easy review!
CHAPTER SUMMARY CARDS:
→ Use these chapter summary cards for Holes as both a reference and as a resource to help your students. Included are 9 printable summary cards (divided by chapter sections). Simply print, cut, and you have a resource available that can be used by any student in the class. ________________________________________________________________________
READING QUIZZES WITH ANSWER KEYS:
→ These 9 reading quizzes include multiple choice questions which demonstrate student understanding of Holes. Also included on each quiz are 2 quotes from Holes which show plot or character development. Students are required to explain what is happening at this particular part of the plot and what characters are involved. A detailed answer key is included for each!
VOCABULARY IN CONTEXT RESOURCES:
→ Have students practice determining the meaning of words by using context. Included is a PowerPoint presentation to teach students how to determine the meaning of words in context, a Holes vocabulary booklet for students with quotes from the novel that use challenging vocabulary, and a presentation to go over each of the vocabulary words with synonyms/definitions for students to easily understand the new terms
QUESTIONS & ANSWERS:
→ Have your students demonstrate their reading comprehension of Holes with this ready-to-use resource! Included is a student handout with reading questions– A ready-to-print set of reading questions that include both basic comprehension questions and ‘Digging Deeper” questions. A presentation is also included for easy review!
→ Review the most important aspects of the novel with this 30 slide Powerpoint presentation. The notes discuss some of the most important aspects organized by chapter sections in the novel. The notes address characterization, theme, conflict, and more! Your students will have a deeper understanding of Holes after you use this resource!
→ Included is a PowerPoint with links to 9 videos which connect to each part of Holes. Please note that the videos are not about the novel specifically, but connect to something that happens in the chapters in either content or theme. This allows students to consider how the content or themes from the novel connect to the world today. YouTube is required & teachers should always preview the videos to make sure they are appropriate for their particular students.
IN CLASS ACTIVITIES & ASSIGNMENTS:
CHAPTERS 1 – 5: PALINDROMES:
→ The main character of Louis Sachar's novel, Holes, has a very interesting name: Stanley Yelnats! This is an interesting name because it is a palindrome. A palindrome is a word that is read the same way forward as it is backward!
Show your students other palindromes with this fun, ready-to-use activity! Students will get clues to help them try to guess words that are palindromes. For example, their clue might be "You might see a checkered flag wave when this vehicle crosses the finish line." The answer? RACECAR!
CHAPTERS 6 – 8: PLOT DIAGRAM:
→ Use this assignment as a way for students to review the Elya and Madame Zeroni plot line of Holes. Included is a blank student version of the plot diagram for them to fill out, as well as a detailed teacher copy/answer key.
CHAPTERS 9 – 13: PIG LATIN:
→ In chapter 11 of Louis Sachar's novel, Holes, the reader learns that X-Rays nickname is Pig Latin for his real name, Rex! Teach your students how to speak, read, and understand the Pig Latin language in minutes with this fun activity! Not only does this resource engage your students, but it is also great for practicing problem solving and decoding skills.
CHAPTERS 14 – 20: CAMP GREEN LAKE BROCHURE:
→ Use this creative assignment as a way for your students to examine this setting (and some of the characters) in detail! Students will create a promotional brochure for Camp Green Lake!
CHAPTERS 21 – 27: RACISM HISTORICAL CONTEXT:
→ In the novel, Holes, Sam and Kate are subjected to cruel racism as a result of their love for each other. When Sam and Kate kiss, the town turns against them. Sam would have been hanged for this action, but instead Trout Walker kills him.
Help your students understand the historical context of this event in the novel by showing them an animated clip that describes the Civil Rights Movement and the life of Martin Luther King (YouTube is required). The assignment has students fill in information they have learned about particular topics described in the video. An answer key is also provided for you to review with your students.
CHAPTERS 28 – 32: WANTED POSTER FOR KISSIN’ KATE BARLOW:
→ In the novel, Holes, the reader learns a great deal about Kate Barlow. Kate loses her beloved, Sam, to cruel violence driven by racism. This act turns her into the infamous outlaw, Kissin' Kate Barlow. Have your students demonstrate their understanding of character by creating a WANTED poster for Kissin' Kate Barlow. Included is a detailed pre-writing graphic organizer and a poster template.
CHAPTERS 33-39: LIZARD RESEACH ASSIGNMENT:
→ In Holes, the most feared creature is the deadly yellow-spotted lizard that lurks inside the holes the boys are digging.
While this type of lizard doesn't really exist, there are lots of other interesting lizards that your students can research! This one-page, ready-to-use assignment has students do online research about a type of lizard of their choice. A useful website and suggestions for lizards are also chosen if students need help finding information. After students are done, have them share the information with the rest of the class!
CHAPTERS 40 – 45: STANLEY & ZERO COMPARISON:
→ Stanley and Zero seem like complete opposites at the beginning of the novel. As the plot develops, the reader realizes that they have more in common than it first appears! After students have finished reading until chapter 45, have them complete this Venn Diagram comparing the two characters. Included in your purchase is a ready-to-print Venn Diagram specifically created for the novel and an answer key for easy class review or marking.
POST-READING ASSIGNMENTS & PROJECT:
FAMILY TREE ASSIGNMENT:
→ Stanley reveals a great deal about his family ancestry. Have your students make a personal connection with the novel by learning about their own family history! This assignment has students "dig" into their family, by asking their relatives to tell them stories about themselves, their parents, or their parents' parents! Have students write facts or short stories about family members on this tree, then have them share with the rest of the class.
FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE WORKSHEETS:
→ Cover common figurative language/literary devices while reading Holes! This resource includes three figurative language labeling worksheets with examples from the novel. Students read the examples and determine what figurative language is being used.
CREATE YOUR OWN NICKNAME:
The boys at Camp Green Lake all have nicknames that relate in someway to their personality. Some examples are Caveman, X-Ray, Squid, Armpit, and Magnet! Have your students develop their own nicknames and provide a reason for why they chose it with this fun resource!
FINAL CREATIVE PROJECT:
Students have a choice of 7 different creative projects to complete:
→ Write a book of poetry.
→ Create a soundtrack for the novel.
→ Write an extra chapter.
→ Create a comic strip.
→ Write diary entries from the perspective of a character.
→ Write an original monologue as a secondary character.
→ Write a letter to Louis Sachar.
A rubric is also included to mark the projects.
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